[IPython-User] [notebook] centered equations

Fernando Perez fperez.net@gmail....
Sat Apr 27 16:44:32 CDT 2013

Great, thanks! That's a good summary, and we can then track progress on it.

On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM, Brian Granger <ellisonbg@gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes!  This is a great way of thinking about it.  I do completely agree
> that having some visual demarcation of equations using horizontal
> alignment makes sense.  This gives us a knob we can fine tune to get
> the right look in the greatest number of situations.  My main concern
> about using centered as the default is that a huge amount of content
> (images, input, output) is left justified even if we narrow the
> notebook aspect ratio - that is very different than most latex docs.
> I have opened an issue for this one and a few other related layout
> design things:
> https://github.com/ipython/ipython/issues/3224
> Feel free to edit this if I have not represented things well...
> Cheers,
> Brian
> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net@gmail.com> wrote:
>> ps - I should add that centered isn't necessarily the only solution,
>> another common choice in mathematical typography is a reasonable
>> amount of left indentation.  But *some* amount of indentation that
>> helps guide the mental reading process with visual cues, as to when a
>> transition is being made from text narrative to purely mathematical
>> content, is very important: that's the main reason for this convention
>> in typography.  In the end it's not a matter of aesthetics, which
>> we'll never get universal agreement on, but of improving the
>> readability of math-heavy text. And readability is something on which
>> hundreds of years of typographical experience shouldn't be ignored.
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